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  • As food labels get closer look, ingredients vanish

    12/18/2013 12:11:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2013 11:24 PM EST | Candice Choi
    Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished. As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, food and beverage companies are learning that unfamiliar ingredients can invite criticism from online petitions and bloggers. The risk of damaging publicity has proven serious enough that some manufacturers have reformulated top-selling products to remove mysterious, unpronounceable components that could draw suspicion. …
  • Research: a Health Hazard

    06/16/2013 5:42:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Calif., believes that if her Assembly Bill 926 passes, researchers will be able to pay egg donors as they develop medical advances that can help all women. To her, the bill is an issue of simple fairness -- gender equity, really. Since a well-intended 2006 bill banned researchers from paying egg donors more than expense reimbursement, researchers have been at a competitive disadvantage, while affluent couples can offer fertile women top dollar. UCSF Professor Marcelle Cedars lamented at a hearing of the state Senate Health Committee on Wednesday that the status quo robs potential egg donors of...
  • Newly Discovered Hormone Could Become Wonder Drug Against Diabetes

    04/29/2013 12:24:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Science World Report ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mark Hoffman
    A major research breakthrough was achieved in the field of diabetes by scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) who discovered a hormone that could soon enable a dramatically more effective treatment of type 2 diabetes. A hormone called betatrophin was surprisingly found to cause mice producing insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells at up to 30 times the normal rate. The new beta cells only produce insulin when called for by the body, offering the potential for the natural regulation of insulin and a great reduction in the complications associated with diabetes. The astonishing results of HSCI co-director Doug Melton...
  • Insulin levels wax and wane daily - Modern life may clash with hormone’s natural cycle

    02/27/2013 11:40:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Science News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Like the sun, insulin levels rise and fall in a daily rhythm. Disrupting that cycle may contribute to obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Many body systems follow a daily clock known as a circadian rhythm. Body temperature, blood pressure and the release of many hormones are on circadian timers. But until now, no one had shown that insulin — a hormone that helps control how the body uses sugars for energy — also has a daily cycle. Working with mice, researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have found that rodents are more sensitive to insulin’s effects at certain...
  • Nazi doctors: Hitler was gay, took female hormones

    01/19/2013 9:23:25 AM PST · by varyouga · 113 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1/7/2013 | Paul Bedard
    Newly discovered notes from a U.S. Army interview of former Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler doctors reveal that the madman had homosexual tendencies, did not sleep in girlfriend Eva Braun's bedroom, and was doped up with multiple drugs including female hormones. Written in erratic shorthand, Army interrogator Herman Merl, a Vienna-born medical technician enlisted to interview Hitler's doctors, Karl Brandt and Theodor Morell, scribbled "Homosex" in his notebook where he sized up the mass murderer's sexuality. He then wrote: "Eva Braun = separate rooms" before adding "female hormone - injection 50,000 units." Elsewhere he wrote, "His sexual life and intercourse with...
  • Leipzig’s St. Thomas Boys Choir copes with voices deepening at a younger age

    04/09/2012 12:02:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-7-12 | Michael Birnbaum
    LEIPZIG, Germany — For 800 years, the St. Thomas Boys Choir has been filling churches with pure, young voices. Now it’s confronting a confounding phenomenon: Every year, those voices are cracking with teenage angst just a little earlier than before. Other boys choirs have been noticing it, too, as an unrelenting march of puberty sweeps voices into rebellion. Over recent decades, the already-short careers of their sopranos have started to end between six months and a year earlier, challenging them at times such as Easter, for which choral music such as J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion was written with difficult...
  • FDA helps Monsanto crush small milk producers

    03/25/2012 10:32:03 AM PDT · by superstitionmountain · 7 replies
    Change Petition Site ^ | March 25, 2012 | JIm
    Small businesses, like milk producers, are the real job engine of this country. They hire here - not overseas. The government needs to stop helping giant corporations squash small business. The FDA forces small milk producers that give consumers a choice of not drinking rBST hormone, to root for their competition, Monsanto, by stating on cartons that rBST is good for you. No other food producer is forced to do this. It's sheer anti-small-business CorpaGovernment corruption. It's just annoying that no one is noticing what an intrusion this is. I'll buy what milk I want without the nanny state telling...
  • Deadly health risks for women: The unspoken side of the Obama birth control mandate

    03/08/2012 1:41:54 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    Photo by Jiri Hodan For far too long there has been an ominous silence across America on arguably the most controversial and devastating issue of the day—birth control. As so often we see in history, oppression gives rise to courage and, no question, courage is exactly what we are seeing in Church leaders and layman alike in response to the Obama administration’s recent birth control mandate and more recent unacceptable modifications.The Birth Control Mandate has forced the issue of contraception to move from being the elephant in the room to center stage. Perhaps in time we will see that...
  • Psychologists find link between ovulation and women's ability to identify heterosexual men

    06/22/2011 7:59:54 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies · 1+ views
    University of Toronto ^ | 22-Jun-2011 | Professor Rule
    TORONTO, ON – A new study by psychologists at the University of Toronto and Tufts University shows that a woman can more accurately identify a man's sexual orientation when looking at his face, when she is closest to her time of peak ovulation. Further, having romantic thoughts or a mating goal heightens a woman's ability to discriminate between straight and gay men. "This effect is not apparent when a woman is judging another female's orientation," says Professor Nicholas Rule of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, lead author of a new study published in Psychological Science. "This...
  • Woman who admitted trying to induce abortion of cheating hubby's lovechild gets four years

    03/30/2011 9:13:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | March 29, 2011 | Oren Yaniv
    A batty Brooklyn mom who admitted to inducing the abortion of her two-timing husband's love child was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison. Kisha Jones, 40, who has already been jailed for 17 months following her diabolical deed, has about two more years to spend in the clink when factoring time off for good behavior. The mother-of-five tricked her hubby's mistress Monique Hunter, 26, to take cytotec, causing early labor on October 2009. When the baby was born alive, she tried to deceive hospital workers into taking the premature newborn off the respirator. Both Hunter and her child are...
  • Older men want more sex, study finds

    12/08/2010 11:41:34 PM PST · by Ronin · 84 replies
    Reuters ^ | WASHINGTON | Tue Dec 7, 2010 10:04am EST | Maggie Fox
    The very oldest men are still interested in sex but illness and a lack of opportunity may be holding them back, Australian researchers reported on Monday.
  • ‘True’ Fish Tales - Birth Control and The Environment

    09/20/2010 2:07:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 1+ views
    NC Register ^ | September 20, 2010 | WAYNE LAUGESEN
    Scientists discovered in 2005 that birth control chemicals were deforming fish in the nation’s waterways — a phenomenon known by science today as “fish feminization.” The problems first made national news when strange intersex fish were found in pristine-looking Boulder Creek, in Colorado. The fish were the first thing that had ever frightened then 59-year-old University of Colorado biologist John Woodling during his scientific career. Two years after finding the fish, hideously deformed mostly by steroid hormones that had seeped into the water from birth control pills and patches, lead study scientist David Norris, a University of Colorado physiology professor,...
  • Some Dieters Are Set Up to Regain Weight

    09/15/2010 8:58:23 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 11 replies
    webmd.com ^ | 09/09/10 | Denise Mann
    "There's no question that most people who easily gain weight, and/or quickly regain weight after losing it are different from other folks," says Scott Kahan, MD, co-director of the George Washington University Weight Management Program in Washington, D.C., in an email. "The general public tends to think of 'fat' people as lazy and as having no willpower [but] it couldn't be further from the truth." "Ample evidence, now including this study, suggests that there are physiologic reasons for weight gain, difficulty at losing weight, and rapid weight regain after a diet," he says. "There is no question that certain people...
  • Women on the pill live longer, study finds

    03/12/2010 1:21:09 PM PST · by decimon · 25 replies · 625+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 11, 2010 | Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Jon Hemming
    One of the world's largest studies of the contraceptive pill has found that women who have taken it can expect longer lives and are less likely to die from any cause, including cancer and heart disease. British researchers said their study, which should reassure many millions of women across the world who have taken oral birth control pills, found no link between the drugs and an increased long-term risk of dying sooner. "The results of this study are enormously reassuring and suggest that in the longer term the health benefits of the contraceptive pill outweigh any risks," said Richard Anderson...
  • Tiger Woods Injured In Crash Outside Home (Update: treated and released, alcohol not involved)

    11/27/2009 11:33:39 AM PST · by Boiling Pots · 644 replies · 42,725+ views
    WESH - Orlando ^ | Nov 27, 2009
    <p>WINDERMERE, Fla. -- Golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured when he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree outside of his Isleworth home early on Friday morning, officials said.</p> <p>The Florida Highway Patrol said Woods was seriously injured and taken to Health Central Hospital. The Orange County Fire Department confirmed that a patient was taken to Health Central, but would not confirm that the patient was Woods.</p>
  • ANOTHER FR EXCLUSIVE! VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE TIGER WOODS/ELIN NORDEGREN SPAT /satire>

    11/28/2009 6:11:46 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 1,232+ views
    You Tube ^ | 11-28-2009 | grey_whiskers
    Click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnsluydoP3c A few of the words will need to be changed, but all in all, it captures the satiric spirit of the situation fairly well.
  • Speak Now, Tiger, Or Forever Hold Your Peace

    11/28/2009 9:20:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 148 replies · 4,599+ views
    NBCSports ^ | November 28th 2009
    Speak Now, Tiger, Or Forever Hold Your Peace Golfer must speak publicly about car crash — and rumors of Uchitel affair Courtney Hazlett When Tiger Woods got in the car just before 2:25 a.m. Friday, he didn’t just crash into a fire hydrant. He had a head-on collision with another object: the invisible bowels of the bad-publicity machine, which in more than 13 years of professional golf, he’d been able to avoid. As a college athlete in the mid-1990s, my circle overlapped with Woods’ from time to time, and I can attest there are plenty of stories about a slightly...
  • Local Report Shows Photos of Tiger Woods' Accident Scene - Video 11/28/09

    11/29/2009 5:27:34 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 21 replies · 1,900+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 29, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of a local news report on the Tiger Woods accident, which shows some photos taken by an unidentified neighbor. The photos show Woods' Cadillac Escalade up against a tree, with a golf cart parked next to it. Neighbors say two golf clubs were found in the street, and the back window of Woods' Escalade was smashed in. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Tiger: I Need a 'Kobe Special'

    11/29/2009 12:01:39 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 105 replies · 7,944+ views
    TMZ ^ | November 29, 2009 | TMZ
    Tiger: I Need a 'Kobe Special' Posted Nov 29th 2009 12:15AM by TMZ Staff Tiger Woods had a "Kobe Special" on his brain hours after what looks like a domestic dispute with his wife, Elin Nordegren -- this according to someone who spoke with Tiger on Friday. During the phone conversation on Friday, Tiger told his friend, "I have to run to Zales to get a 'Kobe Special.'" The person on the other end of the phone asked Tiger what a "Kobe Special" was. The reply -- "A house on a finger." During the conversation, Tiger said his wife had...
  • Early life stress 'changes' genes

    11/09/2009 11:55:52 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 801+ views
    bbc ^ | 8 November 2009 | Victoria Gill
    A study in mice has hinted at the impact that early life trauma and stress can have on genes, and how they can result in behavioural problems. Scientists described the long-term effects of stress on baby mice in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Stressed mice produced hormones that "changed" their genes, affecting their behaviour throughout their lives. This work could provide clues to how stress and trauma in early life can lead to later problems...... The team found that mice that had been "abandoned" during their early lives were then less able to cope with stressful situations throughout their lives. The...
  • Spanking 'brings couples together' (Scientific Study - Seriously!)

    03/30/2009 12:17:53 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 79 replies · 3,673+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 30 March 2009 | Linda Geddes
    SPANKING is stressful at first, but it could bring consenting couples closer together. That's the implication of two studies of hormonal changes associated with sadomasochistic (S&M) activities including spanking, bondage and flogging. Brad Sagarin at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and colleagues measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 13 men and women at an S&M party in Arizona, before, during and after participating in activities. During S&M scenes, cortisol rose significantly in those receiving stimulation, but dropped back to normal within 40 minutes if the scene went well. There was no change in those inflicting the activity. At...
  • Hormone Research Unwittingly Corroborates Biblical Kinds

    03/05/2009 8:03:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 157 replies · 1,765+ views
    ICR ^ | March 5, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    ... In an SF State news release, Randall said that “we must rethink our evolutionary models of hormones” because “we see species specific adaptation of control systems.”1 Darwinian evolution would predict that once a hormone control system evolved in a common ancestor, that system should be retained in its descendants—the creatures that are alive today. But this is not what scientists have observed. The same hormone does not produce the same effect in similar tissues of different species, or kinds. What would the survival advantage be for an organism to spend its precious energy inventing new solutions to technical problems...
  • Contraceptive pill is polluting environment: Vatican newspaper

    01/03/2009 6:02:56 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 62 replies · 1,303+ views
    Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 1/3/2009 | n/a
    he contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and is in part responsible for male infertility, a report in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said Saturday. The pill "has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature" through female urine, said Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, in the report. "We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill," he said, without elaborating further. "We are faced with a clear...
  • Concern for the Male Population

    12/15/2008 11:54:16 AM PST · by Scythian · 29 replies · 960+ views
    (NaturalNews) Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, reports something is happening to men and boys which concerns scientists and researchers: fewer boys are being born than girls. How far-reaching is this problem? In a study by Dr. Devra Davis of the University of Pittsburgh, the combined figures for U.S. and Japan is a "staggering tally of 262,000 'missing boys' from 1970 to about 2000 because of a decline in the sex ratio at birth." Scientists are also puzzled why there is a lopsided ratio of girls to boys being born in the Canada's Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Interestingly enough, this...
  • Are men becoming the weaker sex?

    12/07/2008 12:46:05 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 53 replies · 2,843+ views
    PTI ^ | 7 Dec 2008, 1341 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Are men becoming the weaker sex? Well, it seems so from a study which has found evidence that pollution is affecting evolution of males by damaging genitals and their ability to father offspring. And, according to the study, the male gender is in danger as a host of common chemicals is feminising the males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including human beings. Those identified as gender-benders as they interfere with hormones in males include phthalates, used widely in food wrapping, cosmetics and baby powders among other applications; flame retardants in household furniture and electrical...
  • How Birth Control Brings Us Down

    08/03/2008 1:33:54 PM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies · 174+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | 8-01-08 | Meredith F. Small
    ....Oxytocin is the hormone that helps dilate the cervix before birth and is responsible for letting down milk for breastfeeding. In cultures with no birth control, adult women give birth more often and lactate much of the time. Over most of human history, women have also been involved with babies most of their adult lives. Traditionally, then, women have been constantly under the influence of a hormone that promotes selective social memory, and women seem often to be the keepers of positive social interactions and the initiators of diplomacy and peace-making.....
  • Blood Cholesterol Levels Predict Risk Of Heart Disease Due To Hormone Therapy, Study Shows

    05/25/2008 10:02:05 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 132+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Thomas Jefferson University.
    Blood Cholesterol Levels Predict Risk Of Heart Disease Due To Hormone Therapy, Study Shows ScienceDaily (May 25, 2008) — A research study has found that a simple blood test may indicate whether post-menopausal hormone therapies present an elevated risk of a heart attack. The study, part of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, was conducted in 40 centers nationwide and included 271 cases of coronary heart disease in the first four years of the trials of estrogen alone and of estrogen plus progestin. Paul F. Bray,...
  • Tragic Derby ending for Eight Belles (Stress Analysis)

    05/03/2008 9:34:08 PM PDT · by red flanker · 77 replies · 409+ views
    WNKY Net ^ | May 3, 2008 | Mike Brunker
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A quarter mile past the finish line in the Kentucky Derby, a gallant runner-up effort by the filly Eight Belles was forgotten in an instant. In a freak accident that one experienced racetrack veterinarian said he had never seen before, the 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song apparently snapped both of her front ankles simultaneously as she galloped out after the race, sending her crashing hard to the Churchill Downs dirt racetrack. She was euthanized moments later, after vets determined there was no chance to save her. “She had finished the race and was around the turn at...
  • Singing starlings: why...boys are being born "girls" (estrogen pollution gender-bending the planet)

    02/28/2008 3:33:10 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 51 replies · 995+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 27th February 2008 | GEOFFREY LEAN
    Next time you hear a starling sing, stop and listen hard. It may well be warning of a peril that endangers the whole world of nature - and the very future of the human race itself. For scientists have found that gender-bender chemicals - increasingly contaminating the environment, our food, our water and our bodies - are having a bizarre effect on common birds, causing the males to give voice to longer and more complex songs. This is only the latest in a long series of increasingly urgent alarms being sounded by wildlife against an insidious but devastating danger that...
  • UK Experts: Lipstick Chemicals May Lead to Bigger Breasts

    01/22/2008 5:15:15 AM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies · 691+ views
    FNC ^ | 1.20.08
    Much like other industrialized nations, the U.K. has seen both waistlines and breasts swell in recent years with the average cupsize now a size 36C, up from a 34B a decade ago. And, according to some experts, including dieticians and gynecologists, the reasons why breasts are getting bigger range from obesity to hormones, alcohol and environmental factors, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mail.
  • Online Video: Noted Endocrinologist Dispels the Myth of Health Benefits of the Pill - Part 2

    08/11/2007 8:56:07 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 22 replies · 661+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 9, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Online Video: Noted Endocrinologist Dispels the Myth of Health Benefits of the Pill - Part 2 By Elizabeth O'BrienOTTAWA, August 9, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The lecture of noted endocrinologist Dr. Maria Kraw, speaking at the Humanae Vitae Conference "A New Beginning" last year, described the serious medical risks involved in taking hormonal birth control. It also debunked the common myths of the so-called "health benefits" of the pill. She began by noting that one of the major risks of taking hormonal contraceptives is an increased risk of cancer. Looking at 54 studies of the pill, she observed that researchers found...
  • Not Just Meat Scaffolding

    08/09/2007 11:15:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 617+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 9 August 2007 | Krista Zala
    Boning up. Mice with high osteocalcin levels (left) made far more insulin (pink) than regular mice.Credit: Hideaki Sowa, Karsenty Research Group, Columbia University Give your skeletal system some credit. Not only do your bones keep you upright, they produce red and white blood cells, store minerals, and help control pH. But that's not all: According to a new study, bones secrete a protein called osteocalcin that regulates sugar and fat absorption. The finding qualifies osteocalcin as a hormone, meaning the skeleton can now add being an endocrine organ to its impressive list of accomplishments. There have already been hints that...
  • Contracepting the environment – Effect of birth-control pills in the poisoning of streams...

    07/11/2007 7:13:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 1,891+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/11/2007 | Wayne Laugesen
    Contracepting the environment – Effect of birth-control pills in the poisoning of streams leave environmentalists mum By Wayne Laugesen7/11/2007 National Catholic RegisterBOULDER, Colo. (National Catholic Register) – When EPA-funded scientists at the University of Colorado studied fish in a pristine mountain stream known as Boulder Creek two years ago, they were shocked. Randomly netting 123 trout and other fish downstream from the city’s sewer plant, they found that 101 were female, 12 were male and 10 were strange “intersex” fish with male and female features. It’s “the first thing that I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared me,”...
  • Hormonal Contraceptives Pollute Drinking Water - Environmentalists Turn a Blind Eye

    07/11/2007 8:01:58 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 1,126+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wednesday July 11, 2007 | Hilary White
    July 11, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For some years now, reports have been growing from around the world that the massive amounts of synthetic birth control hormones being pumped into the water systems through sewage outflow is changing the sex of fish stocks. Recently, scientists have also begun to warn of the possible carcinogenic effects of the build-up of estrogenic chemicals in drinking water. As early as 2002, the UK Environment Agency warned that fish stocks in British rivers were showing signs of gender ambiguity as a result of high levels of estrogen in the water. A survey of 1,500 fish...
  • Hormones Affect Men's Sense Of Fair Play

    07/05/2007 4:49:43 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 760+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-4-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Hormones affect men's sense of fair play 11:33 04 July 2007 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi Next time you have to negotiate a deal with a male business contact, you might want to check his hormone levels first. A new study shows that men with high levels of testosterone are more likely to turn down low offers, even if they stand to gain money by accepting them. According to researchers, the finding demonstrates that our hardwired biology can cause us to make irrational economic decisions. In what is known as the "low ultimatum game", an anonymous individual can offer either...
  • Brain's reward circuit activity ebbs and flows with a woman's hormonal cycle

    02/03/2007 5:01:30 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 21 replies · 613+ views
    NIH via Eureka Alert ^ | 2-Feb-2007 | Jules Asher
    Fluctuations in sex hormone levels during women's menstrual cycles affect the responsiveness of their brains' reward circuitry, an imaging study at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has revealed. While women were winning rewards, their circuitry was more active if they were in a menstrual phase preceding ovulation and dominated by estrogen, compared to a phase when estrogen and progesterone are present. "These first pictures of sex hormones influencing reward-evoked brain activity in humans may provide insights into menstrual-related mood disorders, women's higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, and...
  • Study looks at women's brains and rewards

    02/02/2007 3:56:38 PM PST · by broncoholic · 8 replies · 477+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/2/07 | UPI
    BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Fluctuations in hormones during women's menstrual cycles affect how their brains respond to rewards, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., said. An imaging study by the National Institute of Mental Health showed while women were winning rewards, their circuitry was more active if they were in a menstrual phase preceding ovulation and dominated by estrogen, compared to a phase when estrogen and progesterone are present, researchers said. "These first pictures of sex hormones influencing reward-evoked brain activity in humans may provide insights into menstrual-related mood disorders, women's higher rates of mood and...
  • Adopt a Horse and Save it From the Slaughterhouse: End of Hormone Therapy Causes Demise

    01/05/2007 5:18:24 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 26 replies · 1,004+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 4, 2007 | SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Thorne Delaney of Summit, N.J., adopted this foal Ulysses Blue. The little horse later died of an unexplained illness, but Delaney went on to adopt another foal that is now thriving. Their mother was a PMU horse that produced estrogen for the female menopause drug Premarin until the industry was ruined by health warnings about hormone replacement therapy. (United Pegasus Foundation) Jan. 4, 2007 — - Karin Matey, a New Hampshire mother who had yearned all her life to raise a young horse, adopted two foals from an animal rescue organization last year. The pair -- both under 6...
  • Sex ends as seasons shift and kisspeptin levels plummet

    12/29/2006 9:26:38 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 15 replies · 494+ views
    Indiana University ^ | 12-28-06 | David Bricker
    Photo by: Gregory DemasSiberian hamsters are used by scientists to study seasonal physiology and behavior. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A hormone implicated in the onset of human puberty also appears to control reproductive activity in seasonally breeding rodents, report Indiana University Bloomington and University of California at Berkeley scientists in the March 2007 issue of Endocrinology. The paper is now accessible online via the journal's rapid electronic publication service. The researchers present evidence that kisspeptin, a recently discovered neuropeptide encoded by the KiSS-1 gene, mediates the decline of male Siberian hamsters' libido and reproduction as winter approaches and daylight hours wane....
  • Reversing Trend, Big Drop Is Seen in Breast Cancer

    12/15/2006 9:27:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 578+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 15, 2006 | GINA KOLATA
    Rates of the most common form of breast cancer dropped a startling 15 percent from August 2002 to December 2003, researchers reported yesterday. The reason, they believe, may be because during that time, millions of women abandoned hormone treatment for the symptoms of menopause after a large national study concluded that the hormones slightly increased breast cancer risk. The new analysis of breast cancer rates, by researchers from the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and presented at a breast cancer conference in San Antonio, was based on a recent report by the National Cancer Institute on the cancer’s...
  • Menopause Therapy Sparks Controversy

    11/01/2006 4:42:24 PM PST · by MadIvan · 29 replies · 937+ views
    CBS News ^ | November 1, 2006 | Katie Couric
    Fifty-two-year old Glennis runs her house with brisk efficiency, but there was a time when her days were spent in a mind-numbing fog."I found myself very irritable, very tearful, everything would make me cry," Glennis explains. Yes, it was menopause, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports."I was deteriorating into this old, nasty lady," she says, laughing. "I'd feel like I was outside my body looking at myself and my behavior and saying, 'Eww, do you have to be that way?'" Glennis started taking synthetic hormones, but stopped when the study four years ago warned of the risks. Some experts...
  • Chemical in drinking water harms female thyroid

    10/09/2006 11:40:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,754+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2006 | Joyce Howard Price
    Scientists have linked exposure to small levels of a chemical found in public drinking water supplies in 26 states to suppressed thyroid function in more than a third of women and girls 12 and older.     The exposure to perchlorate, a study showed, was most acute in women with low levels of iodine in their systems, said Dr. James L. Pirkle, director of sciences in the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention's Environmental Health laboratory and the study's author.     "It's already been known that high levels of exposure to perchlorate [reduce] thyroid function, but this large study of more...
  • Too much testosterone kills brain cells

    09/26/2006 6:28:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 57 replies · 1,247+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Tue Sep 26, 2006 | Maggie Fox
    Too much testosterone can kill brain cells, researchers said on Tuesday in a finding that may help explain why steroid abuse can cause behavior changes like aggressiveness and suicidal tendencies. Tests on brain cells in lab dishes showed that while a little of the male hormone is good, too much of it causes cells to self-destruct in a process similar to that seen in brain illnesses such as Alzheimer's. "Too little testosterone is bad, too much is bad but the right amount is perfect," said Barbara Ehrlich of Yale University in Connecticut, who led the study. Testosterone is key to...
  • Scientists Cast Misery of Migraine in a New Light

    08/11/2006 9:57:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,592+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2006 | JANE E. BRODY
    Correction Appended Everything you thought you knew about migraine headaches — except that they are among the worst nonfatal afflictions of humankind — may be wrong. At least that’s what headache researchers now maintain. From long-maligned dietary triggers to the underlying cause of the headaches themselves, longstanding beliefs have been brought into question by recent studies. As if that were not enough dogma to overturn, there is growing evidence that almost all so-called sinus headaches are really migraines. No wonder then that the plethora of sinus remedies on the market and the endless prescriptions for antibiotics have yielded so little...
  • Gangs of New York, Their twins due home from intensive care any minute, an anxious couple considers

    06/25/2006 1:02:39 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 1,126+ views
    NY Metro ^ | 06.12.06 | Sarah Bernard & Hugo Lindgren
    Two fuzzy heartbeats—our doctor pointed to the black-and-white monitor of the ultrasound machine, and we both squinted and pretended to see what he was talking about. A lima bean, we thought, with a smaller lima bean next to it? Sensing that we weren’t getting it, he punched a few keys and suddenly the small exam room at Cornell’s Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility filled with a rapid-fire thump-thump-thump-thump: our embryos on speakerphone. So wait, it had worked? Twice? When we still didn’t say anything, our other doctor piped up: “This is good news, you guys.” How did we feel?...
  • Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever

    05/25/2006 2:20:45 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 1,043+ views
    www.fantastic-voyage.net/ ^ | September 27, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman, M.D.
    Immortality is within our grasp . . . In Fantastic Voyage, high-tech visionary Ray Kurzweil teams up with life-extension expert Terry Grossman, M.D., to consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the leading edge of medical science--and what you can do today to take full advantage of these startling advances. Citing extensive research findings that sound as radical as the most speculative science fiction, Kurzweil and Grossman offer a program designed to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree that you should be in good health and good spirits when the more extreme...
  • Menstrual Period Now Optional

    05/24/2006 10:50:34 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 154 replies · 3,348+ views
    AP via Live Science ^ | 22 May 2006 | Linda A. Johnson
    For young women with a world of choices, even that monthly curse, the menstrual period, is optional. Thanks to birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives, a growing number of women are taking the path chosen by 22-year-old Stephanie Sardinha. She hasn't had a period since she was 17. "It's really one of the best things I've ever done,'' she says. A college student and retail worker in Lisbon Falls, Maine, Sardinha uses Nuvaring, a vaginal contraceptive ring. After the hormones run out in three weeks, she replaces the ring right away instead of following instructions to leave the ring...
  • Firm seeks crackdown on custom made drugs

    04/22/2006 10:03:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 307+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | April 21, 2006 | ANDREW BRIDGES
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Thousands of women who rely on custom-made hormone drugs for relief from menopause symptoms have flooded the government with letters opposing a drug company's effort to get health officials to crack down on pharmacies that sell them. The drug company Wyeth wants the Food and Drug Administration to rein in the market for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy drugs. The hormones are custom mixed or compounded by specialized pharmacies according to a doctor's prescription. Compounding pharmacists can alter the dosages of a medicine, prepare it in creams or liquids that are easier to take than pills or...
  • PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO choose Bio-Identical Hormones

    03/20/2006 4:54:15 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 37 replies · 1,444+ views
    Key Pharmacy ^ | 3/20/06 | Key Pharmacy
    PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE COMPOUNDED BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE MEDICATIONS THE FACTS: Recently, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, maker of Premarin & Prempro, (drugs derived from Pregnant Mares Urine – yes, horses pee) filed a Citizen’s Petition with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asking the FDA to impose harmful restrictions on the compounding and dispensing of Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). (Bio-identical hormones are manufactured to have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body.) This petition would eliminate the availability of compounded bio-identical hormones, which are prescribed by healthcare providers and prepared by pharmacists, to meet the unique...
  • TEEN WORKING FOR NEIGHBOR MAY HAVE DONE MORE THAN ODD JOBS (ooo-la-la alert)

    03/20/2006 4:20:14 PM PST · by Fintan · 26 replies · 1,308+ views
    Dear Abby ^ | 03/20/06 | Abby, Dear
    DEAR ABBY: I think my grandson lives next door to me, but I'm not sure. I can't sleep at night wondering and worrying. About two years ago, my neighbor kept inviting my then-18-year-old son over to help her do odd jobs while her husband was at work. He seemed happy to help out, and she always gave him some money for the jobs. A few months later, she and her husband announced they were expecting. I work with this man's ex-wife, and she confided to me once that she never had children because he couldn't give her any. To...